Diri signs Community Safety Corp Bill into law, warns criminals to steer clear of Bayelsa

Yenagoa—Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Tuesday, signed the Community Safety Corp Bill into law in a bid to curb insecurity in the state.

The Governor, during the signing also commissioned 50 brand new operational vehicles, 40 motorbikes and security gadgets.

The law brings the operations of security outfits such as the Operation Doo-Akpo, Bayelsa Volunteers and the Bayelsa Vigilantes under one umbrella.

Speaking at the event which took place in Peace Park, Yenagoa, Diri noted that the exercise was to reinvigorate the security architecture of the state to make it more efficient and effective in fighting crime.

He stated that the operations of the state security outfit was not to undermine the functions of the already existing security agencies but to support and collaborate with them in efforts to fight crime and rid the state of criminality.

The Governor who stated that the amount spent to procure the assets was enormous, further revealed that the priority of his administration is to ensure the prosperity of all, which cannot be achieved without security of lives and property.

He said crime fighting is a collective efforts for all and appealed to security agencies to conceal the identity of informants to encourage people to report criminal activities.

Diri appreciated his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, for establishing the Operation Doo-Akpo in 2012, which he said has over the years assisted in combating crime.

“I have just signed the Community Safety Corps Bill into law. This is intended to complement the work of the constitutional recognised security agencies.

“The law also harmonises the special security outfits of the state under one umbrella. This means that henceforth Operation Doo-Akpo, Bayelsa Volunteers and the Bayelsa Vigilante will operate under one umbrella.

“In line with our Action Plan for security, we have made progress in changing the mindset of our operatives, enhanced intelligence gathering, reinforced our alertness and increased mobility and response time.

“After comprehensively and holistically evaluating the situation, we have made informed and tailored decisions, allowing us to re-engage Doo-Akpo even more effectively, strengthening performance and guaranteeing the safety and security of our people. Improving responsiveness also requires that we have the requisite equipment and assets.

“Consequently, it gives me great joy to re-launch Operation Doo-Akpo. Necessarily, the programme has been rejigged, redesigned and refreshed to be more responsive and responsible in carrying out its duties.

“In this first phase, I am commissioning for immediate deployment 50 brand new Hilux patrol vehicles, a new state-wide command-and-control system based on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Technology, 40 brand new motorcycles and a K-9-unit,” he said.

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, CP Agberebi Akpoebi (rtd), said that the security outfit had made Bayelsa one of the safest states in the South- South geopolitical zone by combating crime.

Earlier, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, stated that the Community Safety Corp Bill, which harmonised activities of security outfits in the state, would assist in curbing crime, protection of government infrastructure in rural areas and engage youths of the state.

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